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Youth and experience to carry Titans forward

The end of the season couldn’t have come quickly enough for the Gold Coast Titans. First the cocaine scandal and then followed by the Daly Cherry-Evans saga, 2015 couldn’t be labelled anything less than a disaster.

After making room in the salary cap for Cherry-Evans, Nate Myles and Aidan Sezer both left the club which left the Titans in a predicament when Cherry-Evans back flipped on the deal. With plenty of room in the cap and a lack of key players, the Gold Coast club has changed their recruitment policy to the one which they had when entering the NRL in 2007.

With the Titans trying to make an immediate mark in the competition, the key performers were in the prime of their careers. The spine of the club included Preston Campbell (30), Matt Hilder (25), Scott Prince (27) and Nathan Friend (26).

Fast forward to next season and there is a blend of youth and experience. The spine includes Josh Hoffman (27), Ashley Taylor (20), Kane Elgey (21) and once again, Nathan Friend (34).

With Elgey having proved himself to be one of the best halfbacks in the game and Taylor a member of the junior Kangaroos, the Titans have one of the most exciting half combinations in the NRL.

Add up and coming hooker Keiran Moseley to the mix and this Gold Coast side could play a substantial role in the Premiership race in upcoming seasons.

Although this group of players may need a season or two to develop, after the disappointment of 2015, 2016 looks to be an exciting year for the Titans.



Jon Kroiter is studying a Bachelor of Sports Media at the University of Canberra. You can follow him on twitter at @JonKroiter.

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